06-01-2019 Letters and Commentary

Look up, not back God connects with discouraged people. Both Moses and Gideon, two Biblical “deliverers”, were not on any “Who’s Who” list when God intervened in their lives and gave them new jobs to do. Moses had found a new career in shepherding after a huge failure forty years earlier. That failure had redefined and redirected his life as isolated and worthless. And Gideon wouldn’t have been the most likely to succeed in his graduating class at Ophrah High. Much of his time was spent in hiding (see Judges 6). Moses’ and Gideon’s ages were different when God got their attention. Moses was about 80. Gideon was probably in his 20s. So age was not a factor. God has purpose for us no matter what our age. For Moses it was the “burning bush” experience that God used to reset his future (Exodus 3&4). God started the conversation with encouragement that He was with him. Moses was not convinced, or didn’t hear it, so he began to make excuses, or reasons in his own mind, why he was not a good choice for this new life assignment. But God answered each of his objections. How He answered is what’s interesting. Similarly, when God approached Gideon, first with the promise of His being with him, Gideon began to give reasons why he was an unlikely choice for his assignment. God’s answers to Gideon were like His answers to Moses. Here’s the key. Both Moses’ and Gideon’s objections looked only to themselves and their past as their defining reality. God’s answers did not try to explain their past or their present. God’s answers focused on God Himself and on the task at hand. That approach helps us escape “victim-mentality”. Focus on God Himself and on what He tells us to DO in His Word. We are not forgotten by God. There are still tasks for us to do. Be encour

JUNE 6, 1944 is a special day in our history. It is the day that tens of thousands of Americans, with their allies, stormed the beaches of Normandy France to drive Hitler back to his hole in Germany. Tens of thousands died that day, as just as many were wounded. It was the beginning of the end for the Nazis who had slaughtered and enslaved millions. A scant nine months later the Nazis surrendered and the war in Europe was over. The fuehrer and many of his cronies chose the cowards way out and took their own lives, more were hanged, and others imprisoned for the war crimes they committed against humanity. The light of those days 70 years ago is dimming as more of our heroes are passing away. If you are blessed to know a WWII Veteran, give them a salute and thank them for their lifetime of service. I say lifetime because no veteran of war, even those that escaped injury, are free of the horrors of those days. They are forever marred by the days lost in battle and memories of comrades who never came home.

TOP POP CONTEST CANCELED… I’m sorry to announce that due to a lack of interest and sponsors, our annual Top Pop Contest is cancelled. I wasn’t entirely surprised; the Top Pop Father’s Day contest was never as popular as the Best Mom for Mother’s Day. But it was a nice event for the local dads and their families. I don’t think it is any reflection of Mother being more popular than Father. I think the Father’s Day observance comes at a busy, busy time of the year, with schools closing and graduations, the start of vacations and summer weather. For those that want to send a letter to the editor about their own Top Pop, please do. Email record@tricityrecord.com or mail to Top Pop, PO Box 7, Watervliet, Michigan 49098.

LOST IN ST. LOUIS… Technology seemed to fail me a couple weeks back. We had gone for our granddaughter’s graduation. The graduation was at one church and the open house at another. It was a great day; we were so proud of Lainie and her fellow graduates. All 66 were homeschooled; all had college and career plans. It was impressive and exciting. I learned many years ago to trust global positioning satellite navigation. I had just put a GPS on my boat on a lake that was 1-2 miles wide and six miles long. My target was about four miles away and half way there I ran into a fog bank. The sunny early morning soon went dark at least as far as my dead reckoning went. I glued my eyes to the GPS screen… the compass and the tracking both indicated I was dead on the coordinates I had entered the day before. But with the fog and the deafening silence it brought with it, I would have bet breakfast I was going the wrong way. To prove it to myself, I shut down the GPS and continued moving slowly in the direction I knew was right. After five minutes or so, I turned the GPS back on and saw the boat track on the screen was a wide spread trail of turns, loops and circles. Not to be fooled just once, I tried the experiment again. While the boat was tracking a straight line on the screen, I shut off the unit and continued on. Withi